Cuba develops anti-Covid-19 vaccines for children under two years of age

Jan 26, 2022, 2:23 PM

Havana, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is working on a clinical study with the Abdala anti-Covid-19 vaccine for children under two years of age, the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) reported today.

According to the entity, given the threat that the SARS-CoV-2 virus poses to this population group, it is necessary to work immediately.

The nation, after carrying out a massive immunisation campaign for infants over two years of age, does not report deaths in this segment, the principal investigator of clinical trials of the Sovereign 02 vaccine, María Eugenia Toledo, revealed the day before.

"In total, 1.6 million children have been vaccinated in this country with two doses of Soberana 02 plus one of Soberana Plus at an interval of 28 days," she announced.

In addition to the efforts being made to protect children, the CIGB is focused on demonstrating the safety, immunogenicity and long-term effects of the Mambisa nasal vaccine candidate in the prevention of Covid-19 with the Baconao clinical study.

The center also reported that this immunogen is applied through the nasal route, does not contain thiomersal and induces the generation of antibodies at the mucosal level where the entry point of the pathogen is.

Currently, she added, it is being evaluated in a phase II clinical trial as a booster dose in convalescents.

Precisely during this day, Cuban scientists will present on the development, regulation and deployment of the anti-Covid-19 preparations (Abdala, Soberana 02 and Soberana Plus) of this Caribbean nation, during a virtual event convened by the Progressive International organisation.

That organisation recently acknowledged that the island has developed its own vaccines, successfully immunized most of its population, and is now poised to help vaccinate the world.

"Their approach is based on two principles: investment in public health and internationalism," she argued.

Read Other Articles In Headlines
covid 19 v4
Covid-19: Gambia registers 1 new case
Nov 6, 2020, 11:03 AM

The Gambia has registered 1 new positive COVID-19 case, taking the number of COVID-19 cases ever confirmed in the country to 3680.

Gambia Senior Team v2
CAF refuses Gambia’s request 
Jan 5, 2022, 1:51 PM

Scorpions head coach, Tom Saintfiet, says Confederation of African Football (CAF) has turned down Gambia’s request to replace players who have contracted covid-19 as the team currently intensifies training in Doha, Qatar ahead of their maiden Africa Cup of Nations appearance which begins on 9 January in Cameroon.

Mr Belet
World Bank assures Barrow of support to windstorm victims
Jul 14, 2021, 11:56 AM

State House, Banjul, 13th July 2021: President Adama Barrow Tuesday received the World Bank Country Director Nathan Belete, who was at the presidency to convey a message of appreciation on behalf of the World Bank and offer solidarity with the government in support of the July 7th windstorm victims.